RP32 Posts: 47
in Fruit & veg
I noticed yesterday that there are caterpillars all over the Rocket we are growing and what look like little eggs on the leaves. Will it do any harm to leave them or is it best to remove / treat the plant with something? Thanks
I would squish all the caterpillars and remove the leaves that have the eggs on them. Its best not to think about treating the plantn with anything chemical as you are intending to eat the Rocket.
just get your hands in amongst them and carry out the cull
I do this regular there is no better way of inspecting your crops to keep the devils at bay
if your a bit squidgy then use the disposable tight fitting gloves but I just prefer my hands and a good wash afterwards
There are now nematodes which kill caterpillars and are safe to use on food crops. If you have those new invading moths there may be too many for manual removal!
Thanks all, where could I get some of those nematodes from?
It's called Nemasys Caterpillar Killer - try Harrodhorticultural.com or Greengardener.co.uk. Amazon, too.
Great, just ordered the nemasys thanks Bob